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Current calls for proposals, award nominations and other opportunities around the GBIF network and among our partners:

If you know of any opportunities that may be of interest to the GBIF community, please contact us.

Programme Officer for Content Mobilisation


The GBIF Secretariat seeks a content mobilization officer to support the global effort to make biodiversity data freely and openly accessible to all, via the Internet.

The successful candidate will work energetically with GBIF’s network of nodes and potential data publishers, to identify strategic opportunities and pragmatic solutions to bring data online. You will help to expand and enrich the content available through the GBIF data infrastructure, which currently enables access to more than 400 million biodiversity records published by some 600 institutions.

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Programme Officer for Content Analysis and Use


The GBIF Secretariat seeks an experienced scientist to engage with research communities and to support use of the biodiversity data accessible via the GBIF network, demonstrating its relevance for advancing science and informing better policies and decisions.

The successful candidate will engage GBIF’s key user groups and expert communities, helping to ensure that data mobilized through the network are as useful as possible in addressing key questions relating to biodiversity science, conservation and sustainable use.

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Nominations for the 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize and Young Researchers Awards

GBIF invites nominations for the 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize and Young Researchers Awards.
The Ebbe Nielsen Prize has been awarded annually to a person or team who demonstrates excellence in combining biodiversity informatics and biosystematics research. The €30,000 award is intended to allow the recipient(s) to engage in biosystematics/biodiversity informatics research outside his/her/their country of residence for a period of 3-6 months.
The Young Researchers Awards intend to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics. Two awards of €4,000 will be available to graduate students in a master’s or doctoral programme at a university in a GBIF Voting Participant or Associate Participant country.

Nominations for the awards are due on 31 May 2014.

Download detailed information on submission procedures for the Ebbe Nielsen Prize and Young Researchers Awards.
See below for a full list of previous winners.

Ebbe Nielsen Prize

The Ebbe Nielsen Prize was established by the GBIF Governing Board to honour the memory of Dr Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, who was an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics.

The prize is awarded annually to a promising researcher, usually in the early stages of his/her career, who is combining biosystematics and biodiversity informatics research in an exciting and novel way.

The nominations are submitted by GBIF Participants to the GBIF Science Committee, which selects the recipient. The prize is awarded each year at the GBIF Governing Board meeting. It consists of 30,000 Euros, to be used by the recipient to further his/her research.

Past winners:

  • 2013 winner: Miguel Bastos Araújo (Portugal). See news item announcing the 2013 award
  • 2012: Nathan Swenson (United States)
  • 2011: Jens-Christian Svenning (Denmark)
  • 2010: Sujeevan Ratnasingham (Canada)
  • 2009: Andy Jarvis (Colombia)
  • 2008: Vice Stuart Smith (United Kingdom)
  • 2007: Paul Flemons (Australia)
  • 2006: John Wieczorek (United States)
  • 2005: Pablo Goloboff (Argentina)
  • 2004: Johan Nilsson (Sweden)
  • 2003: Stefan Schröder (Germany)
  • 2002: Nozomi Ytow (Japan)

Young Researchers Award

The Young Researchers Award (YRA) is an annual award aimed at graduate students from countries participating in the GBIF network.  Students should be enrolled in a masters or doctoral programme.

The main objective of the award is to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics.  The award has been put in place to stimulate use of GBIF-mediated data by graduate students developing new research in biodiversity informatics, and also to serve as an outreach mechanism to universities. 

Past winners:

  • 2013 winners: Emma Gomez-Ruiz (Mexico); Nathan Ranc (France). See news release on the 2013 award.
  • 2012: Salvador Arias (Argentina); Elkin Tenorio Moreno (Colombia).
  • 2011: César Antonio Ríos-Muñoz (Mexico); Conor Ryan (Ireland).
  • 2010: Amy McDougall (United Kingdom); Andrés Lira-Noriega (United States).